By 1875, coal supersedes lumber as King County's main industry. Black Diamond, Renton, and Issaquah are beoming significant coalmining regions.
In 1877 the Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad begins hauling coal to the Seattle waterfront, helping to raise the city to economic preeminence in the region.
J[ames] Willis Sayre, This City of Ours (Seattle: J. W. Sayre, 1936), 23.
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